If there is anything on earth I love, it is an
industrious, grateful, benevolent, and patriotic people.
Industry, gratitude, benevolence and patriotism, make a truly
great and good people.
Knowing this to be
true, I cannot forbear expressing my sentiments to the ladies of
Griffin. Ever true and patriotic to our cause, they are acting
nobly their part in the great struggle for Southern independence.
When we come to make up the history of our country, then those
bright deeds of the ladies of Griffin will be registered on its
pages, and will there stand as everlasting memorials of their
gratitude and kindness.
These kind ladies
visit the hospitals every day, and by their soft words and
bewitching smiles, cheer the drooping min of the sick and wounded
soldier. They also bring along with them niceties of every kind
and description, such as are best adapted to the nature and cases
of the sick and wounded. This is not a now and then occurrence,
but every day they come to see the sick and wounded, and furnish
such things and nourishments as they may need. to speak all in a
few words, they have done much and are still doing all in their
power to render the sick and wounded comfortable, and to ensure,
if possible, a speedy recovery. Many of the sick and wounded
soldiers are far away from home and kindred, where they cannot
even hear from them. O! how dear these kind and affectionate
ladies must feel to them! True, there is no kind mother of
affectionate sister to wipe the tears from their eyes; to soothe
them in their sorrows, to comfort and console them in their pains
and distresses; but yet these kind ladies are ever ready and
willing to administer to their wants and necessities. Language
fails me to express my sentiments to these kind and endearing
ladies, and of their noble, patriotic and generous deeds. Suffice
it to say they are all right, and have done, and are still doing
all in their power for the comfort and improvement of the sick and
wounded soldiers. Heaven will smile upon them for these generous
deeds, and though, at times, their sorrows may be great and many,
yet they will, in due season, reap the reward which they so nobly
It gives me great
pleasure to know that when I write home to my dear companions and
friends, I can tell them of the noble, patriotic and kind deeds of
the ladies of Griffin, Ga.
that you will receive the reward which you so nobly and justly
merit, I now return you, not only my thanks, but the thanks of all
who have been inmates of any of the hospitals in the city, for
your kindness and attention. I speak for all, and I know they
will say amen to all I have said. You have acted the part of
mothers and sisters to us, and we shall ever feel grateful for
it. When we leave you and are far away on the tented field of
battle, then will we cherish the fond recollection of you and your
noble deeds. In the hour of battle the recollection of you and
your kindness will nerve and buoy us up to acts of more noble
daring. Your acts of kindness will never be forgotten by us.
Flowers may bloom and fade away, but these acts of kindness, like
the bright morning star, shall still continue to burnish forth
till the last day. Soon you will all be lying in the silent
slumbers of death, but these acts of kindness will remain on the
pages of history, and succeeding generations will boast of you,
and point their children to your great and illustrious deeds with
much pleasure and joy.
May the blessings of
heaven rest on you and all who, like you, are true to our cause!
May you live a long and prosperous life! Then, when you come to
die, may you shout triumphantly over both sin and the devil--in
heaven may you find a home at last!
Quintard Hospital, Bunk
122, Oct. 29, '63.